Kenneth L. Foos

January 16, 1923 ‒ November 06, 2009

Marion, Ohio

Kenneth L. Foos, age 86, of Marion, died Friday morning, November 6, 2009, at the Partners of Marion Care Center, surrounded by his family following an extended illness.

On January 16, 1923, Kenneth was born in Caledonia, Ohio, the son of the late Harley and Ruth (Simmons) Foos. He graduated from Caledonia High School in the Class of 1941, where he played the saxophone in the Marching Band and was selected from his class to attend Buckeye Boys State.

Soon after graduation, Kenneth was introduced to the lovely Julia “Marie” Ward, by her cousin. After finding love at first site, the two were inseparable, and they were married on his 20th birthday, January 16, 1943. Together they lovingly raised three children, and shared over sixty five wonderful years of marriage. She preceded him in death on August 30, 2008, and they are now “together again.”

Having been raised on a farm, Kenneth learned from his grandfather and father, to care for the land and plant seeds in the soil as soon as he was able. A lifelong farmer, he farmed in Claridon Township with his father and brothers. “He loved to watch seeds grow,” and enjoyed planting everything from corn and soy beans, to popcorn. While plowing atop of his John Deere tractors, he was always searching for arrowheads to add to his huge collection.

A skilled wood worker, Kenneth made the time to build homes, again with his brother, Lester, when he wasn’t working on the farm. They kept busy building homes in all of the surrounding communities, because through “word of mouth” people heard of their reputation and attention to detail. He also probably remodeled as many homes as he had built. Later in life, he used those skills to make crafts that would “sell out” at craft shows, and made gifts, such as grandfather clocks to give to his children, family and friends.

Always hard at work “from sun up to sun down,” Kenneth also drove for DeKalb Hatcheries, delivering and picking up baby chicks in their truck or his station wagon.

With an immense love for his family, Kenneth looked forward to any occasion where everyone would be together. He often would tease his wife, as he looked around at their huge family, by saying in his own ornery way, “look Mom, we started this mess.” A great story teller, he often kept his family entertained with his unique passion for history.

Kenneth was a member of the Marion Salem United Methodist Church, and a former member of River Valley Lions Club, and the United Grange of Claridon.

He will be dearly missed by his three children: Robert L. (Sheri) Foos of Columbus, David K. (Linda) Foos, and Linda (Dennis) Roach, both of Marion; six grandchildren: Kelly Stickler, Kevin Foos, Erin Foos, Andrew (Wendi) Foos, Jill Valentine, and Benjamin (Meghan) Roach; fifteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Lester Foos of Marion; a sister, Mildred Foos of Marion; a sister-in-law, Ruth Foos of Caledonia; two brothers-in-law: William Hackworth of Marion, and David Schiefer of Newark; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his wife and parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Foos; two sisters: Hazel Hackworth and Leora Schiefer; and a sister-in-law, Janice Foos.

The Foos family will receive friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating his life well lived will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jared Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Caledonia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marion General Hospital Foundation, c/o Monica Douglas Fund, 278 W. Barks Rd., Marion, Ohio 43302, (to assist families when their children are hospitalized), or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Treemont Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43221.

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